Mr James Avedzi, Chairman, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC)

Parliament has been allocated an amount of ¢45.5 million for the construction of 70 constituency offices for Members of Parliament (MPs).

According to the Special Budget Committee the constituency offices will facilitate the work of members of the House by creating a non-partisan and neutral spaces for all constituents to interact with their representatives.

The committee also indicated that the successful execution of the project would will further deepen the representational role of MPs by bringing them closer to their constituents.

The committee is, however, worried that the procurement process have not yet commenced for the construction of the facilities.

The construction of the offices will constitute the first phase of the project.

Parliament intends to construct 70 of such offices annually to reach a total of 275 of such facilities by the end of 2024.

The committee observed processes will soon commence for the award of contract for the construction.

This was captured in the report of the Special Budget Committee in the 2021 budget estimate for Parliament.